227 Sad Quotes about Life & Love

Devang Vibhakar

Sad quotes have always held a powerful place in literature, poetry, and music. They have the ability to connect with people on a deep emotional level and can provide comfort to those going through difficult times. The beauty of sad quotes lies in their ability to capture the essence of human emotion and bring it to life in a few short words.


Whether it’s the loss of a loved one, heartbreak, or simply the struggles of life, sad quotes can provide a sense of understanding and validation that can be hard to find elsewhere.

Many famous authors, poets, and musicians have used sad quotes to convey their deepest emotions. These quotes have become an integral part of our cultural landscape, and they continue to motivate and move people today.

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In a world that can often feel overwhelming and confusing, sad quotes can provide a sense of clarity and perspective. They remind us that we are not alone in our struggles and that there is beauty in even the darkest of moments. Whether we are seeking solace, inspiration, or simply a way to express our emotions, sad quotes can provide a powerful tool for self-reflection and healing. They remind us that even in our sadness, there is a beauty and a purpose to be found.

Sad Quotes

1. When you are joyous, look deep into your heart and you shall find it is only that which has given you sorrow that is giving you joy. – Kahlil Gibran


2. The way sadness works is one of the strange riddles of the world. If you are stricken with a great sadness, you may feel as if you have been set aflame, not only because of the enormous pain but also because your sadness may spread over your life, like smoke from an enormous fire. – Lemony Snicket


3. Pain and suffering are always inevitable for a large intelligence and a deep heart. The really great men must, I think, have great sadness on earth. – Fyodor Dostoevsky

4. I’ve had a lot of worries in my life, most of which never happened. – Mark Twain


5. The walls we build around us to keep sadness out also keeps out the joy. – Jim Rohn


6. It’s amazing how someone can break your heart and you can still love them with all the little pieces. – Ella Harper


7. I don’t know what they are called, the spaces between seconds- but I think of you always in those intervals. – Salvador Plascencia


8. You cannot protect yourself from sadness without protecting yourself from happiness. – Jonathan Safran Foer


9. Love is never lost. If not reciprocated, it will flow back and soften and purify the heart. – Washington Irving


10. The most painful thing is losing yourself in the process of loving someone too much, and forgetting that you are special too. – Ernest Hemingway


11. The heaviest of burdens crushes us, we sink beneath it, it pins us to the ground. But in love poetry of every age, the woman longs to be weighed down by the man’s body. The heaviest of burdens is therefore simultaneously an image of life’s most intense fulfillment. The heavier the burden, the closer our lives come to the earth, the more real and truthful they become. – Milan Kundera

12. The reason it hurts so much to separate is because our souls are connected. – Nicholas Sparks

13. The most terrible poverty is loneliness, and the feeling of being unloved. – Mother Teresa

14. The pain started years ago, but I’d lived with it for so long at that point that I’d accepted it as an inevitable part of me. – Ashley D. Wallis

15. I can choose either to be a victim of the world or an adventurer in search of treasure. It’s all a question of how I view my life. – Paulo Coelho

16. Depression is the inability to construct a future. – Rollo May

17. The hardest thing in life is to know which bridge to cross and which to burn. – David Russell

18. I didn’t know someone could cry for so long, that you run out of tears. – Sarah Dessen

19. The way sadness works is one of the strange riddles of the world. If you are stricken with a great sadness, you may feel as if you have been set aflame, not only because of the enormous pain but also because your sadness may spread over your life, like smoke from an enormous fire. – Lemony Snicket

20. The sadness will last forever. – Vincent van Gogh

21. Sadness is a super important thing not to be ashamed about but to include in our lives. One of the bigger problems with sadness or depression is there’s so much shame around it. If you have it you’re a failure. You are felt as being very unattractive. – Mike Mills

22. The greatest and the most tragic paradox of human existence is that we know how to make our lives meaningful and yet we often fail to do so. – Erich Fromm

23. Sadness is but a part of life; a part perhaps necessary to its beauty. – Maurice Maeterlinck

24. There is a sacredness in tears. They are not the mark of weakness, but of power. They speak more eloquently than ten thousand tongues. They are the messengers of overwhelming grief, of deep contrition, and of unspeakable love. – Washington Irving

25. Our sweetest songs are those that tell of saddest thought. – Percy Bysshe Shelley

26. Sadness gives depth. Happiness gives height. Sadness gives roots. Happiness gives branches. Happiness is like a tree going into the sky, and sadness is like the roots going down into the womb of the earth. Both are needed, and the higher a tree goes, the deeper it goes, simultaneously. The bigger the tree, the bigger will be its roots. In fact, it is always in proportion. That’s its balance. – Osho

27. Behind every sweet smile, there is a bitter sadness that no one can ever see and feel. – Tupac Shakur

28. We never taste a perfect joy; our happiest successes are mixed with sadness. – Pierre Corneille

29. People like to say love is unconditional, but it’s not, and even if it was, it’s still never free. There’s always an expectation attached. They always want something in return. Like they want you to be happy or whatever and that makes you automatically responsible for their happiness because they won’t be happy unless you are … I just don’t want that responsibility. – Katja Millay

30. Grief is a most peculiar thing; we’re so helpless in the face of it. It’s like a window that will simply open of its own accord. The room grows cold, and we can do nothing but shiver. But it opens a little less each time, and a little less; and one day we wonder what has become of it. – Arthur Golden

31. In deep sadness, there is no place for sentimentality. – William S. Burroughs

32. It’s hard to wait around for something you know might never happen, but it’s even harder to give up when you know it’s everything you want.

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33. It’s painful to let go of someone you don’t want to, but it’s even more painful to hold on to them when you know they’re not yours.

34. I didn’t know what love was until I met you, but now I know what sadness is too.

35. The saddest thing about betrayal is that it never comes from your enemies, it comes from those you trust the most.

36. It is better to be alone, than being with someone who makes you feel alone.

37. The saddest thing is not the distance that stands between us but the misunderstanding that we are not understood.

38. I am the happiest sad person you will ever meet.

39. Sadness is always the legacy of the past; regrets are pains of the memory.

40. I think there is always a part of our heart that is forever broken.

41. The saddest thing in life is loving someone who used to love you.

42. Sometimes, the only soul that can mend a broken heart is the one that broke it.

43. Sometimes, you just have to accept the fact that some people only enter your life as a temporary happiness.

44. Never let the sadness of your past and the fear of your future ruin the happiness of your present.

45. Behind my smile is everything you’ll never understand.

Sad quotes about life

46. It’s sad when someone you know becomes someone you knew. – Henry Rollins


47. The saddest summary of a life contains three descriptions: could have, might have, and should have. – Louis E. Boone


48. The saddest kind of sad is the sad that tries not to be sad. – John Green


49. The sad truth is that opportunity doesn’t knock twice. – Gloria Estefan


50. The saddest aspect of life right now is that science gathers knowledge faster than society gathers wisdom. – Isaac Asimov


51. The sad truth is that most evil is done by people who never make up their minds to be good or evil. – Hannah Arendt

52. I’m not sad, but the quietness of dusk and the lonely countryside make my heart ache. – Jack Kerouac

53. It is sad to grow old but nice to ripen. – Brigitte Bardot

54. Life is a comedy to those who think, a tragedy to those who feel. – Jean Racine

55. The sad truth is that excellence makes people nervous. – Shana Alexander

56. It’s sad to know I’m done. But looking back, I’ve got a lot of great memories. – Bonnie Blair

57. The saddest people I’ve ever met in life are the ones who don’t care deeply about anything at all. – Nicole Krauss

58. It’s sad when people you know become people you knew. – Lillian Dickson

59. The sad truth is that what I could recall in five seconds all too soon needed ten, then thirty, then a full minute—like shadows lengthening at dusk. – Haruki Murakami

60. It’s sad when you can’t make everyone happy, though. It’s impossible. But, for me, I feel like I can’t make everyone happy unless I’m happy first. – Victoria Justice

61. The saddest thing in life is to be a bystander to your own emotions.

62. The saddest thing in life is not to be remembered, but to be forgotten.

63. It’s sad when you realize you aren’t as important to someone as you thought you were.

64. It’s sad to see someone you love and care about in so much pain, and you can’t do anything to help them.

65. The saddest thing about betrayal is that it never comes from your enemies.

Sad love quotes

66. The hottest love has the coldest end. – Socrates


67. The saddest thing about love is that not only that it cannot last forever, but that heartbreak is soon forgotten. – William Faulkner


68. Love is never wrong. – Melissa Etheridge


69. I have waited for this opportunity for more than half a century, to repeat to you once again my vow of eternal fidelity and everlasting love. – Gabriel Garcia Marquez


70. I know I am but summer to your heart, and not the full four seasons of the year. – Edna St. Vincent Millay


71. Love is like the wind, you can’t see it but you can feel it. – Nicholas Sparks

72. Love is not a feeling of happiness. Love is a willingness to sacrifice. – Michael Novak

73. We loved with a love that was more than love. – Edgar Allan Poe

74. Love is not a feeling, Mr. Burns. It’s an ability. – The Simpsons

75. To be brave is to love someone unconditionally, without expecting anything in return. – Margaret Mitchell

76. I have loved none but you. – Jane Austen

77. Love is a smoke made with the fume of sighs. – William Shakespeare

78. Love is like war: easy to begin but very hard to stop. – H. L. Mencken

79. It is better to have loved and lost than never to have loved at all. – Alfred Lord Tennyson

80. It is sad not to love, but it is much sadder not to be able to love. – Miguel de Unamuno

81. Love never dies a natural death. It dies because we don’t know how to replenish its source. It dies of blindness and errors and betrayals. It dies of illness and wounds; it dies of weariness, of withering, of tarnishing. – Anais Nin

82. Love can sometimes be magic. But magic can sometimes just be an illusion. – Javan

83. Love is the most beautiful of dreams and the worst of nightmares. – Aman Jassal

84. Love is a battlefield. – Pat Benatar

85. Love is an untamed force. When we try to control it, it destroys us. When we try to imprison it, it enslaves us. When we try to understand it, it leaves us feeling lost and confused. – Paulo Coelho

86. It hurts to let go, but sometimes it hurts more to hold on.

87. The saddest thing in the world is loving someone who used to love you.

88. It’s hard to forget someone who gave you so much to remember.

89. Sadness flies away on the wings of time when you have someone to love and something to live for.

90. I am not sad because you left me, I am sad because I didn’t leave you.

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91. The pain of parting is nothing to the joy of meeting again. – Charles Dickens


92. The only way to get the best of an argument is to avoid it. – Dale Carnegie


93. The good times of today, are the sad thoughts of tomorrow. – Bob Marley


94. When you are feeling sad, time looks much longer than it is. – Devang Vibhakar


95. Behind every beautiful thing, there’s some kind of pain. – Bob Dylan


96. Tears shed for another person are not a sign of weakness. They are a sign of a pure heart. – Jose N. Harris

97. I can’t eat and I can’t sleep. I’m not doing well in terms of being a functional human, you know? – Ned Vizzini

98. Hearts can break. Yes, hearts can break. Sometimes I think it would be better if we died when they did, but we don’t. – Stephen King

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99. The emotion that can break your heart is sometimes the very one that heals it. – Nicholas Sparks

100. The walls we build around us to keep out the sadness also keep out the joy. – Jim Rohn

101. The tragedy of life is not that it ends so soon, but that we wait so long to begin it. – W. M. Lewis

102. We must embrace pain and burn it as fuel for our journey. – Kenji Miyazawa

103. It is sad when someone you know becomes someone you knew. – Henry Rollins

104. When I saw you I fell in love, and you smiled because you knew. – William Shakespeare

105. Sometimes the memories are worth the pain.

106. Some people are going to leave, but that’s not the end of your story. That’s the end of their part in your story.

107. I don’t know if I’m getting better or just used to the pain.

108. The worst kind of sad is not being able to explain why.

109. I wanted to write down exactly what I felt but somehow the paper stayed empty and I could not have described it any better.

110. It’s hard to forget someone who gave you so much to remember.

111. The worst feeling is not being lonely, but being forgotten by someone you can’t forget.

112. The saddest summary of life contains three descriptions: could have, might have, and should have.

113. When someone you love becomes a memory, that memory becomes a treasure.

114. When we are in love, we are convinced nobody else will do. But as time goes, others do do, and often do do, much much better.

Feeling sad quotes

115. Every man has his secret sorrows which the world knows not, and often times we call a man cold when he is only sad. – Henry Wadsworth Longfellow


116. It’s so hard to forget pain, but it’s even harder to remember sweetness. We have no scar to show for happiness. We learn so little from peace. – Chuck Palahniuk


117. I always like walking in the rain, so no one can see me crying. – Charlie Chaplin


118. Tears come from the heart and not from the brain. – Leonardo da Vinci


119. I am not a happy person. I am a very sad person. – Louise Bourgeois


120. Nostalgia is a kind of sadness, because you’re remembering something that you can’t have again. – Olivia Laing

121. Being sad also depicts the fact that you’re also an emotional person. – Devang Vibhakar

122. It is a time when one’s spirit is subdued and sad, one knows not why; when the past seems a storm-swept desolation, life a vanity and a burden, and the future but a way to death. – Mark Twain

123. There is no greater sorrow than to recall happiness in times of misery. – Dante Alighieri

124. Sadness is but a wall between two gardens. – Khalil Gibran

125. Heavy hearts, like heavy clouds in the sky, are best relieved by the letting of a little water. – Christopher Morley

126. If you’re feeling sad, remember: you’re not alone. The world is full of billions of people, and chances are that someone else has felt the same way before. – Matt Haig


127. There are moments when I wish I could roll back the clock and take all the sadness away, but I have the feeling that if I did, the joy would be gone as well. – Nicholas Sparks

128. You know you’re in love when you can’t fall asleep because reality is finally better than your dreams. – Dr. Seuss

129. It’s sad when someone you know becomes someone you knew. – Henry Rollins

130. Feeling sad is like being lost in a dark and lonely place, but it’s up to you to find the light and make your way back to happiness. – Mirtha Michelle Castro Marmol

131. Feeling sad is a part of life, but it’s important to remember that it won’t last forever.

132. Sometimes, feeling sad is just your heart’s way of telling you it needs a break.

133. It’s okay to feel sad sometimes. It’s a natural part of life, and it can help us appreciate the good times even more.

134. Feeling sad is not a sign of weakness, it’s a sign that you’ve been strong for too long.

135. It’s easy to feel sad when you’re alone, but it’s important to remember that you’re not truly alone.

136. Feeling sad is like a storm cloud that will eventually pass, leaving behind a clear sky and a fresh start.

137. Feeling sad is a part of the human experience, but it’s also an opportunity to learn and grow.

138. It’s okay to feel sad sometimes, as long as you don’t let it consume you.

139. Feeling sad is a natural part of life, but it’s important to remember that happiness is always just around the corner.

140. It’s okay to be feeling sad, as long as you don’t give up on the hope that things will get better.

141. Feeling sad is like being trapped in a dark tunnel, but if you keep moving forward, you’ll eventually find the light at the end.

142. It’s okay to feel sad sometimes, because it means you have a heart that can feel and care deeply.

143. Feeling sad is a reminder that we’re only human, and that we all need love and support from time to time.

144. It’s okay to feel sad when you’re going through a difficult time, because it means you’re facing your challenges head-on.

145. Feeling sad is like a storm that comes and goes, but it always leaves behind a rainbow.

Short sad quotes

146. Sadness flies away on the wings of time. – Jean de La Fontaine


147. Pain is inevitable. Suffering is optional. – Haruki Murakami


148. The saddest thing in life is wasted talent. – A Bronx Tale


149. I smile not for that I am happy, but sometimes I smile to hide sadness. – Gabriel Garcia Marquez


150. There’s nothing more depressing than having it all and still feeling sad. – Janet Jackson

151. Life is short, but it’s long enough to ruin any man who wants to be ruined. – Josh Billings

152. The word ‘happy’ would lose its meaning if it were not balanced by sadness. – Carl Jung

153. I’m not okay, but I’ll smile anyways.

154. Tears are words the heart can’t express.

155. I have so much pain inside of me that I don’t even know where to begin.

156. I didn’t know how to deal with my pain, so I made a blade my best friend.

157. The greatest pain that comes from love is loving someone you can never have.

158. The only thing more shocking than the truth are the lies people tell to cover it up.

159. I don’t want to feel sad anymore, but it’s like the sadness has become a part of me.

160. The only thing worse than a broken heart is knowing you would give him another chance.

161. I think I’m afraid to be happy because whenever I get too happy, something bad always happens.

162. It’s amazing how someone can break your heart, but you still love them with all the little pieces.

163. Depression is the feeling of someone whispering in your ear and telling you that you are not good enough.

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Sad thoughts

164. The saddest thing is to be a minute to someone, when you’ve made them your eternity. – Sanober Khan


165. Life is a journey, and if you fall in love with the journey, you will be in love forever. – Peter Hagerty


166. Tears are words that need to be written. – Paulo Coelho


167. Sometimes it’s better to be alone, no one can hurt you that way. – Tinku Razoria


168. When you feel sad, it’s okay. It’s not the end of the world. Everyone has those days when you doubt yourself, and when you feel like everything you do sucks, but then there’s those days when you feel like Superman. It’s just the balance of the world. I just write to feel better. – Mac Miller

169. It’s sad to be happy alone. – Lorraine Hansberry

170. Nothing hurts more than realizing he meant everything to you and you meant nothing to him.

171. Sometimes the people who are thousands of miles away from you can make you feel better than people right beside you.

172. The worst kind of pain is when you’re smiling to stop the tears from falling.

173. You can’t be strong all the time. Sometimes you just need to be alone and let your tears out.

174. No amount of sleep can cure the tiredness I feel.

175. Sometimes it’s easier to pretend that you don’t care, than to admit it’s killing you inside.

176. The moment when you burst out crying in your room and you realize that no one knows how unhappy you are.

177. It hurts to see the one you love loves someone else, but it’s more painful to know that you’re the reason they can’t be together.

178. The most painful goodbyes are the ones that are never said and never explained.

179. It’s sad when someone you love becomes a memory, but it’s even sadder when that memory fades away.

180. I don’t know which is worse, keeping your love locked up inside of you and not being able to let it out, or professing it openly and having someone not feel the same way.

181. The only thing more depressing than optimism is reality.

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182. Life goes on, with or without you.

183. I’m not okay, but I’ll pretend I am.

184. The only thing worse than a broken heart is pretending you don’t have one.

185. Sometimes, the hardest thing and the right thing are the same.

186. It’s sad when the person who gave you the best memories becomes a memory themselves.

187. Life is tough, but so are you.

188. I’m not mad, I’m just sad.

189. It’s better to be alone than to be with someone who makes you feel alone.

190. Sometimes you just need a good cry to feel better.

191. Don’t cry because it’s over, smile because it happened.

192. The pain never goes away, you just learn to live with it.

193. The hardest thing is to let go of what you thought was real.

194. The worst feeling in the world is feeling like you don’t belong anywhere.

195. When you’re sad, it’s okay to not be okay.

196. Sometimes the strongest people are the ones who cry behind closed doors.

197. You can’t keep hurting someone and expect them to keep loving you.

198. It’s better to have loved and lost than to have never loved at all.

199. You can’t fix someone who doesn’t want to be fixed.

200. It’s okay to be sad sometimes, it’s a part of life.

201. The hardest goodbyes are the ones that are never said.

202. You don’t always need a reason to feel sad, sometimes it just happens.

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203. Lost in thought and lost in life.

204. Sometimes the hardest thing to do is to smile when you want to cry.

205. A heart that’s been broken can’t be easily fixed.

206. Life is a rollercoaster, and right now I’m feeling the downs.

207. Sometimes you just need to let the tears flow.

208. I’m not okay, but I’m trying to be.

209. It’s hard to stay positive when everything around you feels negative.

210. The pain of heartbreak is something you can’t truly understand until you’ve experienced it.

211. Sometimes the only way out of the darkness is to keep moving forward.

212. I never thought I’d be the one to get left behind.

213. It’s sad when the memories of someone become more important than the person themselves.

214. Life is tough, but I’m tougher.

215. The weight of sadness can be crushing, but I won’t let it break me.

216. Sometimes the people we thought would never leave, end up walking away.

217. The only thing worse than feeling sad is feeling nothing at all.

218. Life has a funny way of teaching us lessons we never wanted to learn.

219. I’m not looking for someone to save me, just someone to understand me.

220. The sadness will pass, but the memories will last forever.

221. It’s hard to stay positive when you’re surrounded by negativity.

222. I’m not sure what hurts more – the fact that I lost you or the fact that I never really had you.

223. Sometimes you need to cry until you can’t cry anymore, and then keep going.

224. The silence can be deafening when you’re feeling sad and alone.

225. Life is too short to waste time on people who don’t appreciate you.

226. The only way to get over something is to go through it.

227. It’s okay to not be okay sometimes.

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In conclusion, the 227 sad quotes about life and love that we have explored in this article have highlighted the profound impact that words, lines, and phrases can have on our emotional well-being. From short and poignant expressions of grief to longer, introspective passages, these quotes have the power to move us to tears and offer solace in our times of need.

We have delved into a wide range of emotions, from heartbreak to loss and everything in between, and found that the beauty of sad quotes lies in their ability to resonate with our own experiences. These words have the power to help us navigate the complex landscape of human emotion, reminding us that sadness is a natural part of life, and that we are not alone in our struggles.

Whether we turn to sad quotes to express our own feelings or to find comfort and validation in the experiences of others, they offer a powerful tool for healing and self-reflection. Whether in a sad status, caption, or in our own private thoughts, these words can help us make sense of the world around us and find hope in even the darkest of moments.

So, let us embrace the power of sad quotes, for they are a testament to the resilience and strength of the human spirit, and a reminder that, even in our most trying times, there is beauty and meaning to be found.

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Devang Vibhakar, Founder and Chief Editor of Spreadquotes.com is from India. He is passionate about quotes. Quotes has changed his life. He is also a writer and has written five books. He has explored the cultures of Scotland and Germany through different cultural exchange programs. You can learn more about him on his about page.

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